Senator Leila De Lima's party mates are coming to her defense after the Justice Department filed criminal cases against the Senator on Friday. The Senators say the Justice Department’s cases against De Lima are illegal and based on “trumped-up charges.”
The Department of Justice filed three drug cases against Sen. Leila De Lima before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court. CNN Philippines Correspondent Anjo Alimario reports that the cases stem from her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre denied Senator De Lima's revelation that he knew about the privileges given to the New Bilibid Prison high-profile inmates. However, a confidential document proved otherwise.